UrbanRemix: Rhythm As Necessity
Through the ARTech Residency at the Ferst Center for the Arts, Jade Simmons explored the ways rhythm is integral to music, technology and human interaction. Using Urban Remix, the university’s cutting edge sound capturing software program, participants gathered sound bites and video clips of rhythmic machinery and technology, powerful speakers, rhythmic human interaction and examples of music known mostly for its rhythmic drive. The sounds were analyzed to determine what makes them riveting and why they are effective in their purpose.
Jade explored the captured sounds and examined how they could be reproduced on standard instruments, newly created instruments, the human body and found objects with the goal of creating the same powerful rhythmic impact by means other than their original sources.
For more information, visit the Ferst Center ARTech web site: http://www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu.
UrbanRemix is a collaborative and locative sound project. Our goal in developing UrbanRemix was to design a platform and series of public workshops that would enable participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of their communities, and enable users of the website to explore and experience the soundscapes of the city in a novel fashion.
The UrbanRemix platform consists of a mobile phone system and web interface for recording, browsing, and mixing audio. It allows users to document and explore the obvious, neglected, private or public, even secret sounds of the urban environment. Participants in the UrbanRemix workshops become active creators of shared soundscapes as they search the city for interesting sound cues. The collected sounds, voices, and noises provide the original tracks for musical remixes that reflect the specific nature and acoustic identity of the community.
The project draws upon long-standing aesthetic practices that bring real-world sounds into electronic works, such as musique concréte, acoustic ecology, and the chance approaches of John Cage, as well as practices in public art and relational aesthetics that structure new forms of engagement and collaboration between artists, designers and citizens. Its innovative contribution is in the combination of these aesthetic approaches with current technological trends in location-aware mobile applications and in digital performance and interactive art.
The project was conceived of and is directed by Jason Freeman, Michael Nitsche, and Carl Disalvo, who are professors at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia. It is made possible by the invaluable work of numerous students and designers, and supported in part by the Music Technology program, the Digital Media program, and the GVU center at Georgia Tech.
From 2009-2013, the UrbanRemix project mounted events in collaboration with the Atlanta Beltline "Art on the Beltline" project, the City Centered festival and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, the Atlanta Public Schools and Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, and the Times Square Arts Alliance in New York, among others. The UrbanRemix platform was retired in 2014.
Project web site: http://urbanremix.gatech.edu
Explanatory video: http://vimeo.com/18934954
Jason Freeman: http://www.jasonfreeman.net
Michael Nitsche: http://www.lcc.gatech.edu/~cdisalvo3/
Carl DiSalvo: http://www.lcc.gatech.edu/~nitsche/
Akito Van Troyer
GVU Center at Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech Foundation
UrbanRemix sounds and images are licensed under a Creative Commons Sampling Plus license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sampling+/1.0/). Please reference the Urban Remix web site (http://urbanremix.gatech.edu) in any works which incorporate content from this site.
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